Professional Griefers

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"Professional Griefers"
(2012-08-14) Professional Griefers.jpg
Single by deadmau5 featuring Gerard Way
from the album Album Title Goes Here
Released August 14, 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded September, 2010,[1] 2011 (Vocal Mix)
Genre Electro house, electronic rock
Length 4:05 (Vocal Mix)[2]
6:24 (Original Instrumental)
3:07 (Radio Edit)
Label mau5trap
Ultra Records (US/Canada)
EMI (Rest of the world)
Songwriter(s) Joel Zimmerman, Gerard Way
Producer(s) deadmau5
deadmau5 singles chronology
"The Veldt"
"Professional Griefers"
"Channel 42"
"The Veldt"
"Professional Griefers"
"Channel 42"
Gerard Way singles chronology
"Professional Griefers"
(2012) Professional Griefers2012
"No Shows"
(2014) No Shows2014
deadmau5 performing «Professional Griefers» live at Lollapalooza Chile 2013, in Santiago de Chile

"Professional Griefers" is a song by Canadian producer deadmau5 featuring vocals by Gerard Way. The song is the third single from his sixth studio album Album Title Goes Here. The song is featured in the game FIFA 13 and its soundtrack. The song is also featured in the game Asphalt 8: Airborne in the Electronica playlist. The song was also featured briefly in season 1 episode 5 of the hit TV show Arrow.


‘Professional Griefers’ was first previewed as an unreleased instrumental on deadmau5's Ustream channel as a work in progress on February 13, 2011. The instrumental made its live debut during deadmau5’s Meowingtons Hax tour, premiering the track at his critically acclaimed headlining performance at Lollapalooza. The vocal version of ‘Professional Griefers’, with Gerard Way, starts with hard beats and heavily distorted guitar stabs, then builds tension with discordant synth strikes leading into the chorus.[3]

In early 2012, when Zimmerman was asked why he was waiting to release it, he replied "[he was] going to do something big with it". That July, he spread the word that there was going to be a video shoot, and that he needed approximately 2,000 fans to arrive at the scene.


In late 2011 and early 2012, only live recordings of Professional Griefers as an instrumental could be found floating around the Internet. On November 18, 2011, the instrumental version of the track was played during the official launch of Minecraft.[4] As early as December 2011, Zimmerman began playing the track along with vocals via live Internet stream. Due to Gerard Way's distinctive voice, fans were able to discern it was him.[5] Then on 6 July 2012, a preview of the track was uploaded to the official deadmau5 YouTube channel.[6] Finally on August 14, 2012, 'Professional Griefers' was released on Beatport and iTunes.[7]

Professional Griefers was released on deadmau5's album Album Title Goes Here, including a vocal mix, radio edit, and a music video.

Music video[edit]

The video, featuring both deadmau5 and Gerard Way, was directed by Paul Boyd and Jeff Ranasinghe and produced by Dave Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment production company. It debuted on August 29, 2012 via Ultra's YouTube Channel.[8] It is the most expensive electronic dance music video to date.[9]

The video begins near a trailer home where the people living there are watching Zimmerman and Gerard battle with giant robotic mice at a UFC match inside a dome (a reference to the Thunderdome from the Mad Max franchise), with a crowd watching (consisting of the aforementioned 2000 fans). Throughout the video, it cuts to various people watching the match on TV. Gerard is initially winning the battle, but a robotic version of "Meowingtons", Zimmerman's cat, enters and chews the wires to Gerard's controls. This renders Gerard's robot idle, which allows Zimmerman to win the match. But immediately after, the robotic cat assumes control of Zimmerman's beaten-up robot, causing it stumble and fall into the dome, crushing it, as everyone inside flees. The video ends with the robotic cat standing on some debris, gazing into the camera, before pouncing on it.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download - Vocal Mix[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Professional Griefers" (Vocal Mix) (featuring Gerard Way) 4:03
Single[citation needed]
No. Title Length
1. "Professional Griefers" (Radio Edit) (featuring Gerard Way) 3:02
2. "Professional Griefers" (Vocal Mix) (featuring Gerard Way) 4:03
3. "Professional Griefers" (Instrumental Mix) 6:24

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Canada: Alternative Rock (America's Music Charts)[11] 26
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[12] 81
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[13] 28


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